Q: Why do shelters use clay litter?

October 5, 2008 | By Cindy | 10 answers | Expired: 2225 days ago


I'm guessing it's because it's cheaper than the scoopable kind, but I'm also wondering if it's easier for cats to adjust to another kind of litter after havingused the clay litter.

Readers' Answers (10)
betty p.

Oct 05, 2008

Our shelter uses the clay litter in the cages. There is nothing worse than having a kitten who climbs the cage bars, falls in his water bowl and then gets in the litter box. So the clay is better as it will not stick as much to the wet kitten.

Now in our big play pen area where we have up to 8 cats, we use the scoopable. And so far we have never had one problem with cats going from the clay in the cages to the scoopable in the play pen.

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Oct 05, 2008

Shelters are on a limited budget and have to use what they can get, but another reason they use the clay is that with kittens you are not supposed to use the scoopable kind, also with nursing moms. The clay is more dusty which can lead to air quality issues, but it's more convenient and the only one that is universally acceptable to use for most cats.

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Oct 07, 2008

Many do not. More than a decade ago, I worked for what is now the nation's largest cats-only no kill sanctuary. They used a generic version of Feline Pine (they bought white pine wood stove pellets, $4 for 40 lbs). Cheaper than any clay litter, and better at absorbing odors. Six years ago, when I went to work for a public shelter, I got them to convert, too. Now, many area shelters are following suit.

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